Safety performance indicators

High level outcome measures

MeasureBaseline
(2008–2010)1
2015% Change
Number of deaths resulting from road crashes 1,426 1,206 -15.4%
Number of road crashes resulting in deaths 1,297 1,102 -15.0%
Number of deaths per 100,000 population 6.5 5.04 -22.5%
Number of deaths per 100 million vehicle-kilometres travelled (VKT) 0.65 0.49 -24.8%
Number of deaths per 10,000 registered vehicles 0.91 0.67 -26.4%

Cornerstone safety performance indicators

MeasureBaseline
(2008–2010)1
20152% Change
Safe roads
Number of deaths from head-on crashes 272 239 -11.9%
Number of deaths from single-vehicle crashes 655 528 -18.9%
Number of deaths from intersection crashes 301 245 -18.6%
Number of deaths from crashes on metropolitan roads 498 404 -17.9%
Number of deaths from crashes on regional roads 778 680 -13.6%
Number of deaths from crashes on remote roads3 138 122 -10.1%
Safe speeds
Number of deaths from crashes where speed was a contributory factor Data not available    
Mean free speeds at designated sites across the network Data not available    
Percentage of vehicles speeding by vehicle type and offence category Data not available    
Safe vehicles
Average age of the Australian vehicle fleet (years)4 10.0 10.1 +1.4%
- Average age of passenger vehicles 9.7 9.8 +1.3%
Percentage of new light vehicles sold with a 5-star ANCAP rating5 56% (2010) 86% 53.6%
Percentage of new vehicles sold with key safety features Data not available    
Safe people—responsible road use
Number of young driver and motorcycle rider deaths (aged 17–25 years) 222 144 -35.3%
Number of deaths from crashes involving a young driver or motorcycle rider (aged 17–25 years) 469 311 -33.8%
Number of older driver and motorcycle rider deaths (aged 65+ years) 114 145 +27.6%
Number of deaths from crashes involving an older driver or motorcycle rider (aged 65+ years) 207 261 +25.3%
Number of motorcyclist deaths 234 202 -12.8%
Number of cyclist deaths 32 30 -7.2%
Number of pedestrian deaths 186 162 -13.1%
Number of deaths from crashes involving a heavy vehicle 252 212 -16.4%
Safe people—irresponsible road use6
Number of drivers and motorcycle riders killed with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit7 143 101 -32.2%
Number of deaths from crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit7 205 134 -37.4%
Number of deaths from crashes involving an unlicensed driver or motorcycle rider8 143 105 -26.4%
Number of vehicle occupants killed who were not wearing a restraint 216 177 -17.8%
20109 2014
Number of drivers and motorcycle riders killed who had an illegal drug in their system 53 47
Number of deaths from crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider who had an illegal drug in their system 84 81

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1. Average annual number during the three-year period 2008 to 2010. Note the baseline figures shown here are rounded to whole numbers, but were not rounded to calculate percentage change calculations.
2. Uses data from the National Crash Database.
3. Totals for metropolitan, regional and remote categories do not add to the annual totals because some fatalities could not be coded to a regional category.
4. Based on estimates from the annual Motor Vehicle Census, Australian Bureau of Statistics.
5. This data sourced from ANCAP.
6. Fatality counts for each of the following indicators are lower-bound estimates—due to a substantial number of cases with unknown values.
7. Data excludes Victoria as BAC data was unavailable, and excludes Western Australia as licencing data (needed to determine BAC legal limit) was unavailable.
8. Excludes data from Western Australia as licensing data was unavailable.
9.Excludes data from Victoria, Queensland, ACT and Western Australia. Data was not collected before 2010.